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Toronto FC secure Dutch trio

New Toronto FC head coach Aron Winter has used his Dutch influence to bring in a trio of players from his homeland.

Winter has secured the services of former Ajax Amsterdam and Haarlem striker Javier Martina, ex-VV Young Boys forward Nick Soolsma and midfielder Elbekay Bouchiba who joins from Qatari club Al-Shamal.

The trio of Dutchmen joined the Toronto pre-season training camp in the Turkish city of Antalya last month and are now in Charleston, South Carolina with the rest of the squad.

Winter said all three players would be great additions to his playing roster ahead of the 2011 MLS season.

"It is very important for us to bring in players who fit into the system that we want to play," Winter said in a statement Wednesday. "The three players were with us in Turkey and their performance was very good.

"We have signed them because we are convinced they will make a difference for us during the season."

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